Pickerel Frog

Pickerel Frog

Known for their bright, hand-drawn-like patterns, the Pickerel Frog is a small frog endemic to parts of North America.

Scientific Name Lithobatespalustris

Classification – Lithobates

Baby Names –Tadpole, polliwog, froglet

Collective Noun – Army, knot

Length/Size – 2 – 4 in (4.5 – 7.5 cm)

Weight – No more than 560 gm

Life Expectancy – Approximately 5-8 years

Mating Season  March to May

Special Features Releases a toxic, foul-tasting secretion that protects them from predators like snakes

Geographical Distribution – Across a wide range in the south eastern parts of USA

Natural Habitat – Near streams, lakes, ponds, grassy meadows, fields, bogs, swamps with cool and clear water

Conservation Status – Least Concern

Diet – Crickets, wax worms, spiders, fly larvae, earthworms, etc.; tadpoles consume algae and plant matter

Predators – Snakes, birds of prey, other larger frogs